An expanded role for helicopters in urban fires is to be considered
by the Government Flying Service and the Fire Services Department.
The performance of two helicopter crews in rescuing four trapped
workers from the Garley Building roof may prompt fire chiefs
to consider using them more often.
The Flying Service has to water-bomb hillfires, which average
about 15 per week. In recent years they have only helped during
three urban fires.
Flying Service Controller Brian Cluer said operational procedures
would also come up in the broad-ranging review.
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